Blueberries possess incredible anti-aging nutrients, strawberries protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and lemons are a great way to kick start your day into high gear. For more, keep on reading to learn the 9 beauty benefits of your favorite fruits.
1. Avocado is a Killer Moisturizer!
Suffer from dry skin, eczema or psoriasis? Then listen up, because avocados are here to restore your skin’s texture and moisture content with its high oleic fat content. The high fat content of avocados help retain moisture, regenerate damaged skin cells, and reduce facial irritation and redness.
Avocados are also a great source of Vitamin E and C, making them one of the most powerful antioxidant-rich fruits you can enjoy.
2. Drop the Neutrogena & Pick Up That Pineapple
Pineapple is chock-full of Vitamin C, which is what makes it an effective acne treatment for oily, acne-prone skin. The Vitamin C content in pineapple encourages the production of collagen and aids in tissue repair, while bromelain, an enzyme in the fruit, softens the skin and fights inflammation and swelling.
So, the next time a pimple crops up, juice some pineapple, apply it as a toner and rinse after 30 minutes. You can also leave the juice on your skin, but do note that it will feel sticky.
3. Zap Crow’s Feet with Some Blueberries
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and while they can be used to treat a myriad of skin concerns, they’re most potent as a natural anti-ager. As some of us may know, retinol is an animal form of Vitamin A, which makes blueberries a great anti-aging ingredient to add to your diet and skincare routine.
4. Slough Off Dead Skin with Papaya
Much like pineapple, papaya is a tropical fruit that is used in many countries to treat issues like dull skin, congested pores and hyperpigmentation. We love using the fruit as a natural exfoliant as papain, an enzyme naturally found in papaya, gently sloughs off dead skin cells while evening the overall tone of the skin.
The best way to reap this magical fruit’s benefits is to crush it into pulp and apply it as a mask. Leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
5. Acne Spots Bringing You Down? Lighten Them with Lemons!
What happens when you put a boatload of Vitamin C and citric acid in one lifesaving fruit? The best acne spot fader ever is born! Over time, these components naturally found in lemons will brighten the skin and lighten any dark spots.
If you have acne scars you’d like to fade, simply rub some lemon juice onto the spots with a cotton ball, let sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse. For most people, the lemon juice will be too acidic on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, always rinse the juice off before going to bed. Or else… (Don’t you love empty threats?)
6. Strawberry as Sunscreen?
Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t toss out your sunscreen to replace it with organic strawberries, but a compound in strawberries makes them a great UV protectant. When given ellagic acid treatment, mice showed reduced wrinkle formation as a result of the increased UV protection provided by the compound.
What does this mean for humans? Strawberries can decrease the amount of damage UV rays inflict on the skin, which makes them a great anti-ager and UV protectant! To reap its benefits, use this as a mask, scrub or cleanser.
7. Want Plump Lips? Eat an Orange
Oranges won’t give you those Kylie Jenner lips, but they will give your skin a boost of collagen, which plays a significant role in the aging process. More collagen means plumper, softer and firmer skin and lips which, in our opinion, is a lot better than having to do the KJ lip challenge. Thanks, but no thanks.
8. Who’s Ready for a Peach Detox?
Just when we thought detoxes were anything but fun, we come across this fun fact: peaches flush toxins from your body! It’s true, this delicious fruit flushes trans fats and other toxins from your body through your urinary bladder and colon. What does this mean for your skin? Let’s just say that the less toxins you have in your body, the clearer and more radiant your skin will be.
Looks like it’s time to start eating those peaches!
9. Bye, Acne; Big, Bad Banana is in Town
With nutrients like lectin, zinc and Vitamin A, bananas are your one-stop cure for everything from inflamed, pissed-off pustules to dry, dark blackheads. Lectin destroy’s acne-causing bacteria; zinc fights germs that cause acne; and, Vitamin A fades acne scars and dark spots.
To treat existing acne, mash up a banana, mix with honey and turmeric (honey has antibacterial properties and turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties) and apply on your face as a mask. Use this mask consistently to see results.
Next time you’re eating fruit, don’t just congratulate yourself for making a healthier choice, congratulate yourself for killing two birds with one stone: keeping healthy and staying beautiful.
When it comes to maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance, eating natural, whole foods is the way to go. For more information on the connection between beauty and diet, read this article on how eating alkaline saved my skin.